Thanks for the posts!
I will talk a little about the map and processes involved, but first, I ask for excuses for my poor english...
Here in Brazil, we suffers a lot with the absence of important maps, like National Parks areas. So, I started to congregate some base maps and make general/topographic maps about National Parks in the southeast region of Brazil.
Unhappyly, map makers in Brazil suffer with absence of base maps, or with the availability of only very old maps. The USGS equivalent in Brazil, the IBGE (Instituto Nacional de Geografia e Estatística), is responsible, with the DSG (military), for all systematic survey in Brazil, in continentals dimensions. In such a way, the least great effort was made in the 70'and 80', with a survey of almost whole country in 1:50.000 and 1:25.000 (in some areas).
At this days, we just count with this maps, in paper, and some in digital way.
The IBGE is offering the base maps (topographic charts, or "cartas topográficas") in digital way gradually, in DGN.
So, the process to make that map, is, first, import the DGN to CAD program, make some adjustments, and export to shapefile. The topographic representation takes the most part of the time, because I have to inform to each
contour his elevation. To this, I use an old extension in ArcView called Countour Labelling Tools. The following steps, I think you know, make a TIN, relief shade, choose the tints, displacement of the labels, etc.
I don`t think the USA or other countrys has perfect survey organs, with almost live updates of his maps. But here in Brazil, we are very very far from this.
Actually, I`m re-placing the river labels, and studying a solution for the halos (transparent or just reduce, or both?). I`m taking as examples the NPS maps, the Cynthia Brewer book ("Design better maps") and the work of Hal Shelton (http://www.shadedrel...lton/index.html
Again, thanks for the posts! When the modifications be ready, I will post!